Haunting Ashton Court is part map, part torch, part shadow. It is an invitation to join us in thinking differently about history: which stories make the cut, who is given permission to tell them, and how we might re-shape them. The collection is 230 pages of stunning full-colour design by Patrick Fisher of Makina Books. It includes new writing commissions from Bristol-based artists Zakiya McKenzie, Tom Marshman and Saili Katebe responding to the gaps in the Ashton Court archives, a script from a live performance by young Bristolians and the creative toolkit which allows you to make your own journeys into collective history-making, with an afterword written by Professor Samantha Walton.
“A genuinely exciting piece of art: irreverent, radical, experimental and collaborative. I loved it. All artefacts of stolen and hoarded wealth must be haunted!” Yara Rodrigues Fowler, author of there are more things
History belongs to us, and if history as it is currently told hides our stories, we must remake it.
About Jack Young
About Elinor Young
Elinor Lower is a Bristol-based writer, theatremaker, director and participatory artist. Across multiple disciplines, their work wrestles with and celebrates text, archive, rules, tenderness, joy, risk and teamwork. They collaborate a lot with young people, and were part of the establishment of Rising Arts Agency, mobilising young and emerging creatives in Bristol for social, political and cultural change. Previous collaborators and commissioners include BBC Arts, Bristol Old Vic, Bath Spa University, Art Licks Magazine, Bristol Ideas, acta Theatre and Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany. They co-edited the book Haunting Ashton Court: A Creative Handbook for Collective History-Making in 2023. elinorlower.com